If you’re a keen gardener, a potting shed can be a useful addition to your outdoor space. Even if the weather is inclement, a potting shed can be the ideal way to prep your seeds and plants without getting drenched in the process.
However, there are many different types of potting shed, all of which have their own distinct advantages and drawbacks. To help you pick the right one to meet your needs, here is a quick run through of what you should consider.
It’s possible to buy sheds made from all kinds of materials including plastic, metal and timber.
If you want a structure which needs the minimum of maintenance and is inexpensive, a plastic or metal shed might suit you. You will have to carry out some upkeep, but overall these types of outbuildings need very little care.
By contrast, a timber shed can take more maintenance to stay in prime condition but there are ways of minimising this, such as purchasing pressure treated timber. Wood is also a natural insulator and can keep you warmer during the cooler weather as well as offering shade in the summer.
Lots of windows to allow in plenty of light is also highly desirable. Timber works well with glass, producing a potting shed that’s airy and has a good supply of natural light.
If you are buying a potting shed, you will undoubtedly want a building that has lots of windows. For plants to grow well, they need light and the right temperature; a well ventilated potting shed is essential for this.
Although you can use any shed as a potting shed, the ones designed for this purpose typically have a larger pane of glass on one side. This is often slanted because it’s believed this maximises the sunlight, helping plants to flourish.
Don’t forget to check how many of the windows can open, and whether there’s a skylight. Not all windows in sheds can be opened and this can make the shed too hot, leaving plants wilting from the lack of air.
One of the main reasons to have a potting shed is to be able to work on your seedlings. This allows you to retreat from the worst of the weather and also means you don’t have to break your back bending over for hours at a time.
Therefore, when you choose your potting shed, spend some time looking at the bench area. Ideally, there should be a large enough space for you to work without being too cramped. You should also make sure it’s at the right height.
In some potting sheds, the shelving or work areas can fold down, maximising the internal space in the shed when they aren’t in use.
Unless you are blessed with a huge garden, you are unlikely to want to sacrifice valuable growing areas for your potting shed. The space you have for your shed may well be limited, or encroached upon by trees.
This not only helps to determine the overall size of your potting shed, but also the type of roof. A gabled roof provides lots of headroom but it requires more space. In direct contrast, an apex roof can fit more easily into a corner of the garden, sitting snugly into an area which is more limited. An extra advantage is that the overhang can help to create a shady porch area for your shed.
Make sure you are fully aware of the room you have available before buying your shed, and you’ll come away with a purchase that really meets your needs.